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Transfusion indications for patients with cancer

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Anemia may occur in 90 percent of patients with cancer. Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is a vital component in their care. Patients with cancer use approximately 34 percent of the RBC supply. The indications for RBC transfusion in these patients are similar to that of other patient populations: to alleviate symptomatic anemia. In addition, cancer treatments often cause effects that lead to anemia (eg, loss, destruction, and decreased production of RBCs). Platinum-based therapies — used in the treatment of lung and gynecologic cancers — also may cause anemia. more

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